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Beaver Dam’s Vita Park Eye Associates is Blue Zones approved

September 25, 2018

Blue Zones Project Dodge County held a ribbon cutting celebration Friday at Vita Park Eye Associates in Beaver Dam to recognize the organization as the newest work site to become Blue Zones Project Approved.

“I knew about Blue Zones Project, long before it came to Beaver Dam. I have a cousin in Albert Lea, Minnesota, who was telling me how it affected their community,” said Vita Park Eye Associates’ Dr. Jay Wilkins.

Albert Lea, Minnesota, piloted Blue Zones Project in 2009 and was the first certified Blue Zones Community.

Wilkins said, “In their community, they have increased their lifespan by almost three years through Blue Zones Project initiatives.”

The company offers tuition reimbursement, wellness coaching, tobacco-cessation coaching, and weight management and nutrition resources.

The wellness team has branded the local wellness initiative program as Your Eye on Health. Employees also enjoy a weekly Community Supported Agriculture share purchased by the company.

Vita Park Eye Associates employees enjoyed a family-friendly picnic this past summer with plans to start a potluck moai and walking moai soon. Vita Park Employees clean, sort and bag glasses donated through the Lions Club eyeglasses program in preparation for them to be sent to missions around the world. Employees participate in the annual Don Riley Race the Parks Cardiac Run/Walk each year which raises funds for the Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation’s automated external defibrillator and cardiac rehab programs.

Brought to Dodge County by Beaver Dam Community Hospital, in collaboration with Sharecare and Blue Zones, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative.

For more information, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.

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